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  • November 12, 2010
  • 10:32 AM

Does Music Improve Recall of Text?

by Psychology 379 bloggers in Cognition & the Arts

Have you ever wondered if children’s songs that supposedly help them learn certain concepts are actually beneficial? There are many examples of this, including the ABC’s song and the song with all the states in alphabetical order, along with many others. Are these just for fun, or do they serve a beneficial purpose in making it easier for children to learn these concepts?... Read more »

Wallace, W. (1994) Memory for music: Effect of melody on recall of text. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 20(6), 1471-1485. DOI: 10.1037//0278-7393.20.6.1471  

  • November 12, 2010
  • 10:30 AM

Keeping ‘em alive

by PalMD in White Coat Underground

As I prepare to emerge from my self-imposed hiatus, I’ve decided to share some classic posts.  Thanks for reading.  –PalMD One of the frequent complaints I hear about real medicine is that it is dangerous. Of course, it’s true—so is riding in a train, but it sure beats walking. And that’s the danger of this [...]... Read more »

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., Dale Needham, M.D., Ph.D., Sean Berenholtz, M.D., David Sinopoli, M.P.H., M.B.A., Haitao Chu, M.D., Ph.D., Sara Cosgrove, M.D., Bryan Sexton, Ph.D., Robert Hyzy, M.D., Robert Welsh, M.D., Gary Roth, M.D., Joseph Bander, M.D. (2006) An Intervention to Decrease Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections in the ICU. New England Journal of Medicine, 355(26), 2725-2732.

  • November 12, 2010
  • 10:30 AM

Mediterranean Diet Prevents Middle-Age Weight Gain? Yeah, Right…

by Steve Parker, M.D. in Advanced Mediterranean Diet

Several mainstream media sources recently touted the Mediterranean diet as an effective method for prevention of the expected middle-age weight gain.  Reuters is one source, for example.  Men on the Mediterranean diet gained 2 lb (about a kilogram) less than other men over six years.  Mediterranean-dieting women gained weight too, but a whole 0.77 lb (0.35 [...]... Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 10:26 AM

Stegosaurs Walked Like Sauropods

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Paleontologists certainly have their hands full finding and describing new dinosaurs, but there is still much to learn about the already familiar species. The configuration of different parts of dinosaur anatomy, for one thing, is an area of research in which scientists are constantly re-examining how ancient bones would have been arranged in life. Now [...]... Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 10:20 AM

Some parasites decide working with their host is more their style

by Prof-like Substance in The Spandrel Shop

Apicomplexans. The term probably means little to you unless you have ever faced the prospect of contracting Malaria. Even still, it is unlikely that you are aware that Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of Malaria, is a member of a large group of parasites, classified as the apicomplexans. Other members include Toxoplasma gondii (Toxoplasmosis), Cryptosporidium [...]... Read more »

Saffo MB, McCoy AM, Rieken C, & Slamovits CH. (2010) Nephromyces, a beneficial apicomplexan symbiont in marine animals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(37), 16190-5. PMID: 20736348  

  • November 12, 2010
  • 09:24 AM

The RAD-57 Pulse Co-Oximeter – Does It Work – Part I

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

The RAD-57 "zero" readings are in the Pet Rock Area. I could run some wires and a fancy probe to a Pet Rock. I would obtain the same result as the RAD-57 for all of these patients. The laboratory readings indicate that they had readings of up to 35.2. ... Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 08:10 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: If they say ‘No’, ask ‘why not’?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

PsyBlog continues their exploration of research on persuasion techniques and we will continue to monitor their posts and translate those relevant to the realm of litigation advocacy. [Their first post was on how "light" swearing makes you more persuasive. We figured you knew better than to try that one in court!] This time, they explore [...]

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Simpl........ Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Will Regulators Stop the Development of Anti-Obesity Drugs?

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

Regular readers may recall that I was recently called upon to present at an advisory meeting of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on whether or not the obesity drug sibutramine should remain on the US market.
Readers may also recall that the vote resulted in a tie that did not stop the FDA from [...]... Read more »

Dvorak RV, Sharma AM, & Astrup A. (2010) Anti-obesity drugs: to be or not to be?. Obesity reviews : an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. PMID: 21054758  

  • November 12, 2010
  • 07:00 AM

Faith or Fiction?

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

Arguably, one of the greatest scenes in all of movie history is the parting of the Red Sea by Moses played by Charlton Heston in the blockbuster epic The Ten Commandments. (The awe inspired by the portrayal of the miracle during the Israelites’s exodus from Egypt is matched only by the awe that movie special [...]... Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 06:37 AM

Risk from the Managers Perspective (Part 2)

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Today I will write about the implications of the risk understanding by managers covered in Part 1 of this series. Continue reading "Risk from the Managers Perspective (Part 2)"
... Read more »

March, J., & Shapira, Z. (1987) Managerial Perspectives on Risk and Risk Taking. Management Science, 33(11), 1404-1418. DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.33.11.1404  

  • November 12, 2010
  • 05:14 AM

Competing interests at medical journals: industry sponsored trials boost impact factors

by Helen Jaques in In Sickness and In Health

These days medical journals are rigorous when it comes to getting researchers to declare any associations with industry that might influence how a trial is reported. Before agreeing to publish a paper, many of the top medical journals require authors to sign a comprehensive conflicts of interest form that outlines any financial or personal relationships [...]... Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 04:44 AM

Anthroposophy & It's Medicinal Application

by John Wayland in The Darwin Tribune

Anthroposophy isn't a word many psychology students will ever come across. Additionally, it's one of those funny words that I might happen to mispell throughout this blog - so I apologise to any fans of Anthroposophy before hand. Some may know that certain aspects of psychological thought are tied into philosophy. The issue I remember was although psychologists have learnt a great deal about consciousness, will we actually know what it is to be cat? Or does everyone see and "experience" the........ Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 01:42 AM

Climate Change and the Importance of Maintenance Breeding

by Matthew DiLeo in The Scientist Gardener

Variety IR8 is the original "Miracle rice" of the 1960s. This carefully-crafted variety has a stunted, semi-dwarf phenotype, which increases it's harvest index (the proportion of grain biomass to total biomass), and allows it to resist lodging (falling over into the mud), even when heavily fertilized. As with wheat, the creation of dwarf varieties of rice played a major role in the enormous yield gains of the Green Revolution.

But now it's in trouble!
IR8 originally produced yields o........ Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 01:23 AM

Friday Weird Science: fMRI and Female Orgasm, that’s SO been done.

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

So apparently, everyone is getting all hot n bothered over the fact that, at SfN, they are going to do a video of women stimulating themselves to orgasm…in an fMRI. Of their BRAINS, obviously. Please, this conference is not NSFW! Sci is very excited to see the videos (heh, heh…) but moreso to see the [...]... Read more »

  • November 11, 2010
  • 11:09 PM

More on what makes you happy

by Michelle Greene in NeurRealism

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Killingsworth, M., & Gilbert, D. (2010) A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind. Science, 330(6006), 932-932. DOI: 10.1126/science.1192439  

  • November 11, 2010
  • 09:04 PM

The grand challenges of Earth system science and sustainability

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture

In the Policy Forum of today’s issue of Science, a research team that includes recent Nobel laureate, Elinor Ostrom, issued a call for innovative interdisciplinary approaches to confronting major environmental challenges:
Tremendous progress has been made in understanding the functioning of the
Earth system and, in particular, the impact of human actions. Although this
knowledge can inform management [...]... Read more »

Reid, W., Chen, D., Goldfarb, L., Hackmann, H., Lee, Y., Mokhele, K., Ostrom, E., Raivio, K., Rockstrom, J., Schellnhuber, H.... (2010) Earth System Science for Global Sustainability: Grand Challenges. Science, 330(6006), 916-917. DOI: 10.1126/science.1196263  

  • November 11, 2010
  • 07:35 PM

Animal Signalling Theory 101 – The Handicap Principle

by Anne in A Replicated Typo 2.0

One of the most important concepts in animal signalling theory, proposed by Amotz Zahavi in a seminal 1975 paper and in later works (Zahavi 1977; Zahavi & Zahavi 1997), is the handicap principle. A general definition is that females have evolved mating preferences for males who display exaggerated ornaments or behaviours that are costly to maintain and develop, and that this cost ensures an ‘honest’ signal of male genetic quality.

As a student I found it quite difficult to identify a work........ Read more »

ZAHAVI, A. (1975) Mate selection?A selection for a handicap. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 53(1), 205-214. DOI: 10.1016/0022-5193(75)90111-3  

  • November 11, 2010
  • 06:01 PM

Learning from toys – again

by Jan Husdal in

Is China really to blame for the 2007 recall crisis, or are the drivers and causes of this crisis originating from much closer to home? What can we learn from the toy industry? Much of the focus has been on China and its contractors, but China is not solely to blame, as many of the risk drivers come from the companies who outsourced the production, not the Chinese manufacturers. ... Read more »

Teagarden, M., & Hinrichs, M. (2009) Learning from toys: Reflections on the 2007 recall crisis. Thunderbird International Business Review, 51(1), 5-17. DOI: 10.1002/tie.20229  

  • November 11, 2010
  • 05:29 PM

Psycasm - The Moon and Antarctica

by Rift in Psycasm

[Wherein our Hero checks to see if he's the made of the right stuff for a Moon base or an Arctic Mission]Did you hear? NASA and DARPA have announced the 100-year Starship project. Broadly speaking it aims to attract billionaire investors into a Starship Project, as well as creating a project that will inspire generations.The thought of interstellar flight alone inspires me. My hand is officia; (read more)

Source: Rift - Discipline: Psychology... Read more »

  • November 11, 2010
  • 03:27 PM

Transgenic Veggies Go Wild

by Johnny in Ecographica

A newly published study from Penn State details what can happen when a genetically modified organism escapes from captivity and interbreeds with the wild members of its species.
... Read more »

Sasu, M., Ferrari, M., & Stephenson, A. (2010) Interrelationships among a Virus-Resistance Transgene. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 171(9), 1048-1058. DOI: 10.1086/656531  

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